Your job search journey in the Netherlands


You moved to the Netherlands and started your job search journey.

After you have submitted an application for a job, you were shortlisted and you are invited for an interview, you have succeeded in convincing the employer to invest time in meeting you. When you developed your CV, cover letter and LinkedIn profile, you already analyzed the job description that is required for the specific job you are applying for. You identified and conveyed your skills and your most relevant accomplishments and competencies that are related to the position.

Before the interview, do your homework and start by researching the employer’s information. Ask yourself what attracts you to apply for this specific job and this company, find out what value you will add to their company and what is your purpose of applying to that specific job.

Once you know how to answer these questions, you will be more confident during the interview and more authentic in answering most of the interview questions.

Before the interview is essential, preparation is the key to success and practice makes perfect, so you better be prepared to answer questions on the spot and articulate what makes you a truly compelling candidate.

Interviewing is a skill and you need to reflect your knowledge, skills and abilities during the interview time. It is about your ability to interact with the interviewer and articulate your thoughts are just as important factors in getting the job as the qualifications listed on your resume.

An interview is your opportunity to demonstrate how you would be a good fit for the role. You’ll be able to discuss your Knowledge, skills and experience in greater detail and, importantly, what you feel you could bring to the company. Searching for information about the employer and preparing for the interview questions is a chance for you to ask about your new role or the company that’s to make sure their values and culture are a good fit for you too.

During the interview, you might feel nervous and this is normal, so try focusing instead on being self-confident. Think about your strengths and focus more on examples that you might bring about your qualities, skills or experiences and practice your answers. Practice improves your chance to be selected.

Employers hire based on qualifications and:

  • Personality
  • Confidence
  • Enthusiasm
  • Positive outlook

These are the most popular Dutch cultural expectation, so it is better to be aware of them. Cultural awareness is essential when moving from one country to another because each country has its own traditions, culture, religion, norms etc. and the employer seeks to understand more about the candidates’ knowledge, skills and abilities which are known as competencies, and the personality as well to assess if he or she is a good fit to the team and the overall company environment.


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